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Guided Imagery Forest Path Script

Updated on August 15, 2014
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Blake has worked in the mental health field since 2002 educating and inspiring hope on the journey toward recovery.

Why Imagine a Forest?

Natural environments are calming for many people, so using a guided imagery script describing a forest is a good idea. The protected feeling of being underneath a canopy of trees may give you a peaceful feeling. The participant can feel in control of what happens in the forest.

The challenging part of imagery is to allow relaxation to happen. This is easier said than done. Take a few moments and use some deep breathing exercises to get ready. Progressive muscle relaxation can also be used to help you rid your body of any tension.

When reading an imagery script. Read it with a slow, even, and calm tone. Take a couple seconds between each description to allow time for the mind to paint the picture with detail. The more details, the better. The details in the script will lead the imagination while encouraging some freedom for creativity.

Forest Guided Imagery Script

This script will take you down a path through the forest. You can close your eyes and let your imagination fill in all the details as you are guided down the path. This path may look familiar to you, or it may be somewhere you have never been.

Close you eyes and imagine that you are standing at the edge of a field. You see a tree line where a forest begins only a few yards away. Just on the other side of the tree line, you can see a trail. It looks easy enough to get to the path, so you walk out of the field and into the woods.

The light in the forest cascades down through the leaves in a soft spray of light. The layers of forest have various textures. The lower undergrowth is soft and green. There are ferns, moss, small saplings struggling for light.

The upper canopy of the trees covers over you like a huge umbrella. It's like having a stained glass roof.The light green leaves with a light blue and white background create a soft, glowing, ambient light. It's bright, but not so bright you'd need sunglasses.

The path you are on goes down a slight hill and curves, so you decide to explore and walk down the path. It's a beaten path, but it doesn't look too worn. It's a mixture of dirt, roots, and small plants, but it's much easier to walk than the vegetation-dense area outside the path.

Once you round the corner a bit, you can see a stream up ahead. You continue toward it, admiring the large trees and the different kind of bark on each. Some trees have rough bark. Some have smooth bark. Some have light colored bark, and others dark.

As you near the stream, you can hear the rippling water sounds getting louder. It's a relaxing constant sound. You can see the rocks just under the surface of the water. The water swirls around some rocks and pours over others.

Your feet are warm and sore. You decide to take your shoes off and dip your feet into the stream. There's a large tree that has fallen over where you can sit and slip your shoes off, so you do. You place your shoes and socks on the log next to you and dip your bare feet in the stream.

The first sensation you notice is cold. The water is very cold, and it instantly soothes your feet. As you adjust to the cold, you start to notice that the water is swirling around and over your feet just like the rocks you had noticed. As the moving water massages your feet, you notice birds chirping.

You hadn't noticed earlier, but there are several different bird sounds. If you really listen you can also year the breeze fluttering the leaves on the trees. Other than that, this is a quiet place. You decide that you'll close your eyes and enjoy the sounds a bit longer.

After you have sat on the log long enough, you decide it's time to leave this relaxing place. You grab your shoes and put each on, then step to the dry bank of the stream. You see the path that brought you here and head back up the hill and around the corner.

As you walk back, many of the trees seem familiar. Now you are getting a different perspective. You can see the bright entrance to your path up ahead. Since there are no trees, it's bright.

As you approach the entrance of the path, you decide to stop and linger. You turn around and look down the path, taking note of what you are seeing and hearing. You take a mental picture of how everything looks. This way you can visit this special place any time you'd like in your head. Finally you exit the forest and find yourself in a field where it is much brighter.

You open your eyes and return to the awareness that you are using a guided imagery script to help yourself relax. Now you can use this same imagery any time you'd like even without the script. Use your imagination and do something different or notice different things.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I go walking through the woods many times. This virtual walk was so realistic that I got the same relaxing feeling as if I were there. Your guided imagery introduction before the video really set the stage. Well done!

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      Blake Flannery 2 years ago from United States

      Kate, the script is copyrighted, but I am o.k. with you using it for educational or therapeutic purposes. I don't give permission to republish.

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      Kate 2 years ago

      Your guided imagery scripts are great! Relaxes me just reading through them. Do these have any copyright on them? Would they be ok to use in a practice setting or classroom setting?

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      Blake Flannery 3 years ago from United States

      Brian, Good point. Really getting out into relaxing natural environments is best. Imagery is an artificial way to visit these places. I think the more you get out there, the less you'll need imagery. And if you do need to use imagery, you'll be able to use your own memories to have a more detailed and vivid session.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I like to go to a real beach on a large body of water, such as an ocean or one of the Great Lakes in the USA, and relax my mind by gazing across the water at the far horizon. I also like to stroll on a footpath in a forest or woods in a warm weather month but before or after the worst months for ticks, mosquitoes, and horse flies. Of the forests in which I've strolled, I particularly liked a cedar forest. A guided imagery imaginary forest or beach is next best to a real forest or breach. This hub does it excellently.